Miami Marlins @ Atlanta Braves Game Preview: Friday, August 8th 7:30 PM EST (Game 113)


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The Miami Marlins, losers of five straight straight games, will travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves, winners in each of their last 13 games. Even though the teams come into the game headed in two completely different directions, the Marlins best shot of stealing a game would be tonight.

The Marlins will have their number 2 guy, Jacob Turner on the mound. Turner has pitched well of late, coming off of a 6 inning outing in which he limited a talented Indians lineup to just two runs and struck out six.

For the Braves, Brandon Beachy will be on the mound. This is the scouting report on Beachy I got from Jeff Schafer, editor of Fansided’s own Tomahawk Take, this morning in our series chat preview:

"Friday night you’ll see newly added to the rotation Brandon Beachy.  He is around 13 months removed from Tommy John surgery and this will be his third start in the MLB since returning.  In two games so far he’s given up 11 runs and three home runs in 10 innings pitched.  If your wanting to pick up a victory in this series, this game may be your opportunity.  But just because Beachy still isn’t 100%, don’t think the Braves will roll over and not give any run support!"

Beachy has always pitched well against the Marlins, striking out 40 in just 33 2/3 innings of work. The Marlins bats will have their work cut out for them, but with the pitching matchup tilted in their direction, this is going to be a game I like their chances of winning in.

Probable Starters

Aug 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jacob Turner (33) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2013 stats
12/12Games/Games Started2/2
77.1Innings Pitched10.0
2.68Earned Run Averages (ERA)9.00
3.22Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP)6.05
Career vs. opponent
13Innings Pitched33.2
2.77Earned Run Average2.94

Jul 29, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (37) pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Lineup

LineupPlayerCurrent wOBAProj. wOBA (Rest of Season)
1Christian Yelich.354.318
2Jake Marisnick.228.293
3Giancarlo Stanton.357.395
4Logan Morrison.349.345
5Ed Lucas.287.287
6Donovan Solano.278.283
7Adeiny Hechavarria.260.276
8Jeff Mathis

I commend Redmond for making his lineup like this one, as it maybe the best one he has played all season. He has his best projected hitters as his first four hitters. After that, there is an obvious decline in the talent levels in the lineup.

Bold Prediction: Jacob Turner throws eight shutout innings, racking up a season high of eight strikeouts. The top of the Marlins order gives the Beachy fits all night, as Yelich and Marisnick each get on base multiple times and score some Marlins runs. Marlins win 4-0!